State Sen. Robert Hurt, the 5th District GOP congressional nominee, told theLynchburg Tea Party on Thursday night that he voted for a state tax increase in 2004 because the state government was in danger of shutting down for lack of revenue, and that he regrets the vote.
Hurt, running for Congress against Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th, answered several questions from a tea-party crowd that apparently numbered several dozen people; news media were not allowed into the room.
Most of the questions asked by the audience were not audible outside of the meeting room.
What was clear, though, was that Hurt promised several times to “reduce spending in this country, reduce the tax in this country, and reduce the debt of this country.”
Hurt got the evening’s loudest applause when he said, “If we could get rid of the IRS, that would be the greatest thing we could do.”
But, he told the crowd, “I have some concerns about the fair tax.”